JAKARTA - Wild elephants have killed a woman and her three-year-old child when they entered a village on the island of Sumatra. This was reported by a conservationist. The elephants were searching for some food in the village itself which is located just inside the territory of Bukit Barisan National Park, told Nurchlois Fadli from the World Wildlife Fund.
The attack on Friday was the latest in a series of deadly incidents between elephants and humans living near or in the park. Environmentalists say illegal logging and farming is destroying the endangered animals' natural habitats, forcing them to seek new feeding grounds.
The two persons were killed inside their own house after other villagers had fled the area. The elephants also devoured crops and fruits available in the village. Around 2,500 elephants are probably living in the park at some 200 kilometers northwest of Jakarta.